Wow, what a morning! The process of attaining Comic-Con badges has gone from a transaction to an epic journey. Much like Frodo and Sam across Middle-Earth, this journey is not for the faint of heart. It was an angst ridden morning for most but, for the most part, the Open Registration sale went as planned. With the exception of the Member ID site choking (due to traffic), the overall sale went quick and efficiently. Mental note: Make sure to have all your Member ID info and registration number recorded separately to avoid that mess in the future. Like years past, there were winners, losers, tears or joy, and the gnashing of teeth. In record time, Open Reg sold out in about an hour which is about 20 mins earlier than the previous year. Someone call Guinness! It looks like this will be the only sale- with no ‘resale’ happening later (In a future post I’ll discuss what options are left to get a pass). Going through the gauntlet of Open Reg has become a time honored tradition- one that is unparalleled by any convention. I know there are a lot of complaints about the lack of tickets available, but I have been very impressed with Comic-Con International this year. Sure the process is never perfect, but thanks to the Toucan Blog and their Twitter account, they’ve done a good job communicating and updating. Even with some frustrations, there seems to be less and less surprises each year- which given the complexity of the situation, is pretty awesome. It’s been worst before and every year it gets better. So congrats all that scored a badge and my sincere condolences to those that missed out. More posts coming soon in regards to hotels, parking, and more!
In this process, I wanted to pose two philospohical questions that I want you to answer below:
- Question #1: Do you think Comic-Con should intentional make the Registration process simple but not easy? Should they create ‘hoops’ that weed out the casually curious and focuses on those that ‘really’ want to go. In other words, should CCI, craft the perfect system to make it simple and easy for all- thus allowing even more of the casually curious to compete for badges?
- Question #2: Do you think it’s best for the current and future Comic-Con community to have a separate Pre and Open Registration? If there were no technical limitations (like crashing the site), would it be better to have a Fall Reg and Spring Reg (that anyone can do) and remove all the technical question of who qualifies for each sale?
Also, I joined Leonard and company for A Cup of Tea with an Englishman in San Diego to debrief the badge sale. Check it out:
I really loved interacting with you all during the sale. Thanks for putting up with my silly memes pre and post sale. I guess it’s my way of trying to relieve the stress. I know, I’m a weirdo 😉 Here they are below if you missed them:
And my Pre-Reg meme from last year…